UCLA's Center for Accessible Education office. Illustrations of people using the office overlay the photo. Illustration by The Daily Bruin
UCLA's Center for Accessible Education office. Illustrations of people using the office overlay the photo. Illustration by The Daily Bruin

‘It’s just a fact’: Understaffed CAE office fails to meet students’ needs

Out of the nine total disability specialist positions the Center for Accessible Education typically maintains, only three were filled at the start of the 2023-2024 academic year.


The CAE helps thousands of undergraduate, graduate and professional students obtain the medically necessary academic accommodations they need to succeed and learn. The office’s disability specialists are supposed to guide students through the process of selecting and applying for classroom workarounds and aids specific to their disability.

However, an investigation into UCLA’s CAE – during which the Daily Bruin spoke with a total of 12 students and alumni who have requested accommodations from the office – revealed widespread dissatisfaction stemming from the office’s severe understaffing. Left unsupported by the office, students feel that they are forced to advocate for themselves in order to get their accommodations. Read more…


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